A unique hybrid of classical chamber music and blues tradition. Blending blues harp and piano with a string quartet and percussion, Chamber Blues is innovative, yet immediately accessible. The first live recording of this extraordinary ensemble.
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Harmonica, Piano & Vocal: Corky Siegel Violin: Jeff Yang Cello: Jill Kaeding Tabla & Percussion: Frank Donaldson Violin: Mark Agnor Viola: Nell Flanders
PLUS Richard Halajian, Viola & Randy Sabien, Jazz Violin on Manhattan Island
AND Rollo Radford, Bass & Vocal on Train
Recorded live at The Jazz Showcase, Chicago, IL; Chautauqua Amphitheater, Chautauqua, NY; The Dakota Jazz Club, Minneapolis, MN; The Calumet Theater, Calumet, MI; The Thrasher Opera House, Green Lake, WI and Unity Temple, Oak Park, IL
Live mix and recordist: Mark Sarantakos Mix and mixing production: Ken Goerres Five Planets In Harmonica Convergence co-produced by Ken Goerres Production: Corky Siegel & Holly Tucker Siegel Mastered at Mitch's Mix'n Master by Mitch Zelezny Photos by Paul Natkin Art & Design by Kevin Niemiec
Opus 17.2 is a live version of Opus 17 compliments of Gadfly Records. Opus 4 is in fact one half of Opus 8, originally recorded on Alligator Records. All performances were recorded using Shure Microphones exclusively. All harmonica sounds are made possible through 'Special 20' harmonicas by Hohner. Harmonica cases by Moonbowgear.com. Recorded, edited, and mixed on the Roland 2480.
Please go to www.chamberblues.com/linernotes for 'My Travels With Chamber Blues,' a companion document to this cd with stories, a complete set of photos, and more details about this recording.
Gratitudes: In memory of Hans Wurman, William Russo, and Richard Halajian. Special thanks to Patty, Elizabeth and Katie Halajian for letting us have their dad for so many years. Jill and Nell's attire for photos provided by Saks Fifth Avenue. Thank you Henry, Nena, and Zari.
Opus 17 was made possible by a grant from the Meet The Composer/Reader's Digest Commissioning Program, in part-nership with The National Endowment For The Arts and The Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund.
Chamber Blues is dedicated to Seiji Ozawa and his family, who offered me this art form, and made all this possible. I owe them a great deal. Chamber Blues is also dedicated to the memory of my dear friend William Russo whose advice and support have been a great help to me over the years. And of course Chamber Blues is dedicated to all the great blues masters like Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon and Sam Lay who have always been an inspiration and a support. --Corky Siegel